October is Fire Prevention Month. Below are some very useful tools to share
with family and friends.
Fire Safety Tools
Important Fire Safety Tools for Your Home.
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Preparing for an emergency takes diligence and planning. Make sure your home
is prepared for the possibility of a fire or other emergency. The following
items will help you plan for a fire, fight a fire, and escape from a fire.
Each item provides information as well as suggested items.
1. Smoke Alarm
Smoke alarms come in two types - ionization and photoelectric. These two
kinds of smoke alarms detect smoke particles differently, which means they
detect different types of fires. To be truly safe in case of a fire, it's
vital to have both types of smoke alarm installed in your home.
2. Carbon Monoxide Detector
Unlike smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors measure the presence of
carbon monoxide in the air and keep track of how long it is present. They
trigger an alarm if carbon monoxide is present at low levels for a long time
or at high levels for a short time. Most carbon monoxide detectors also save
peak values in a memory for later retrieval.
3. Emergency Evacuation Plan
It's important that the entire family know what to do in the event of a fire
or other emergency. During a crisis, we humans respond the way we have been
trained to do. Kids, especially, need a definite plan to help them react
appropriately to an emergency. Evacuation plans are not just for fires, it's
important to have a plan for any emergency.
4. Fire Extinguisher
Choosing a fire extinguisher is based on the types of fires the extinguisher
will be expected to put out. Fire extinguishers are rated for certain types
of fires. The rating for a fire extinguisher helps determine where in the
home, office, or car it will be best utilized.
5. Fire Escape Ladder
Fire escape ladders provide a second exit from any room on any floor. A fire
escape ladder lets anyone not on the ground floor use a window to escape a
home during an emergency. Make sure your multi-floor home has one.